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Study: Wis. Lags in Sharing Mental Health Records

Posted at: 04/13/2013 3:35 PM

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A new study indicates Wisconsin lags behind the top-performing states in the number of mental health records it submits to a national database used for background checks on gun purchases.

But The Post-Crescent reports the state has made substantial gains in the number of mental health records it submits to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

The push to prevent mentally ill people from buying handguns followed the 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Wisconsin had submitted nearly 11,000 mental health records to the NCIS through December 2012.

To be on par with the best-performing states, a study by Mayors Against Illegal Guns determined Wisconsin would have to submit more than three times as many more records.

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